A maid with braids. Ati and the creation of an Etruscan character
After Apa the Etruscan, an educational stereoscopic cartoon realised in 2011 for the
Museum of the History of Bologna - Genus Bononiae,
VisitLab Cineca has worked at a spin-of, devised this time for the Villa Giulia National Etruscan Museum.
The new addition talks about Southern Etruria and is led by a new character: Ati.
As Apa before her, Ati is Etruscan and as an Etruscan woman she is made up and coiffed, with her long mobile braiding.
The creation of the character started from Cookie Flex Rig and went on with the personalisations following the archaeologists' references.
The hardest task was the taming of the hair. It needed a good deal of programming in order to support both manual and automatic (secondary) animation.
As for Apa, the production is grounded on an open source pipeline, mainly based on Blender.
In contrast to Apa, however, at least 2/3 of the whole set of 3D models came this time from a laser scanner acquisition campaign and from photogrammetry.
Data, after the first elaboration in MeshLab, have been finished in Blender.
Renderings have been sent on our Blender Render Farm, running on a PLX supercomputer.
Ati is animated in Blender 2.71
All the other 3D models are created in 2.66-2.71
Scenes are lighted with 2.66-2.69
Blender Render Farm on 2.66a
Antonella Guidazzoli, producer
Giosué Boetto Cohen, director
Alfonsina Russo, Maria Anna De Lucia, Rita Cosentino, archaeological supervision
Silvano Imboden, technical director and lead programmer
Daniele De Luca, lead artist and scripting
Giampaolo Fragale, animator
Luigi Verri, Francesca Delli Ponti, Maurizio Quarta, Manuela Ritondale, Rossella Pansini, Alessandro Rivalta, Micaela Spigarolo, Francesco Veronesi, 3D modeling
Maria Chiara Liguori, photographic campaign and supervisor